Welcome to Issue III of the Patient Safety Newsletter.
To honor those affected by mental illness, we dedicate the month of May in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month, formerly known as Appreciation for Mental Health, has been observed in May by Americans since 1949. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation recognizes mental health a vitally important patient safety topic, which is why we produced an Actionable Patient Safety Solution, Mental Health: Access to Acute Psychiatric Beds available for download on our website today.
Statistics regarding the field of Mental Health are astounding. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents ages 10-12 in the United States, yet there are no psychiatric inpatient beds for patients under the age of 12 in Orange County. Read our Spotlight interview on CHOC Children’s new Pediatric Center and program, open to serve our community early next year.
In other news, our submission period has opened for our 3rd annual Patient Safety Innovation Awards. If you are an entrepreneur with a product or process innovation that you feel is poised to help eliminate preventable deaths in hospitals today, please take a moment to apply for our annual competition.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Midyear Planning Meeting will be held in Fairfax, Virginia, on July 13th. If you are interested in participating in this full-day “working meeting” we encourage you to request an invitation today.
We hope you enjoy our May Newsletter. Please feel free to email us your feedback and let us know what topics are most relevant to you.
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation